Wanderlust Women featuring Lesley Benzie and Noon Salah Eldin
Thursday 22nd September 5.30 – 6.30 pm BST
King's Pavilion, University of Aberdeen King's Campus
Join three Wanderlust Women Lesley Benzie, Donna Campbell and Linda Jackson, together with Wander-in woman and guest artist Noon Salah Eldin, for a poetic exploration of travel in all its forms, geographical, mental, spiritual, political and imaginative.
The Wanderlust Women are Lesley Benzie, Donna Campbell and Linda Jackson. Finding themselves limited with few or no travelling opportunities during the ongoing Covid Crisis, they began looking back on previous movement in and around the country and farther afield. Reassessing the immediate environment, they took their imaginations back to expeditions, meetings of minds, dream-travel and forms of transport: train, bus, plane, boat and by foot.
There are many countries where feet fell, Lesley in Australasia, Donna in America, Linda in Ireland and Tracy revisiting memories and ‘trips’ in her own hometown of Paisley. This is to mention but a few of the poems in their eclectic collection, Wanderlust Women, which is political, amusing and deeply moving in places.
Lesley Benzie is Aberdonian but calls Glasgow home. She writes in Doric and English. She has 2 poetry collections, Sewn Up and more recently Fessen/Reared, published 2020 by Seahorse. She has been published in numerous magazines/anthologies. In 2020 she received a Highly Commended in the Federation of Writers Scotland and Runner-up in McCash Scots Poetry Competitions. In 2021 she was shortlisted in the Main and Scots categories of the Wigtown Poetry Prize, a contributor to collaborative collection, Wanderlust Women, and a Doric collaboration, Norlan Lichts, published in Spring 2022 by Rymour Books.
Donna Campbell is a performance poet who has showcased her work widely across the UK. She has worked with the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, as co-producer of the show 2nd Stories, produced multi-media poetry events for the CCA, and was Project manager on the Full of Life exhibition and publication between Survivors Scotland and Project Ability. Her work has been published in various magazines/anthologies. Her first ‘purebred’ poetry collection, Mongrel, was published in 2020 by Seahorse.
Linda Jackson is the founding editor of Seahorse Publications. Her own work includes The Siren Awakes (2020), The Cabinet (Red Squirrel Press, 2021), and she has appeared in various anthologies. Her second poetry collection, also Red Squirrel, is due late 2022. The second memoir, Siren: Wild in Me will also be published in 2022. An academic in the past, her doctorate was a comparative study of Woolf and Nietzsche. She has been a lecturer/writing tutor for many years and is a lifelong musician.
Noon Salah Eldin is a poet and spoken word artist based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Born and raised in Sudan, she moved to the UK in 2015 to pursue post-graduate medical training in child health. Writing and performing poetry has become an increasingly important part of her life. It has empowered her to process and discuss experiences of childhood traumas, political upheaval, migration and motherhood. Writing in both Arabic and English, she believes that art can be a powerful tool for personal and social transformation.
About the collection Wanderlust Women:
‘a collaboration bursting with energy. Yes, a lust for travel, wandering: Scotland, Syria, France, Italy, Australia, India, Ireland are some of the destinations. There is also a different kind of travel, an exploration of all that’s important in human life, everything that matters to the heart: its sorrows, disappointments, frustrations. There’s no flinching about taking us to its darkest places and to its softest most tender parts. The poems explode in performance and on page: intricate layers, lacing physical travel with emotional journeys. An exploration of relationships, possibilities, endings, hopes, destruction. And questions, of the best kind, about: political choices, suffering, history, consequences.’ Review by Sheila Templeton.